Japanese American Community Events
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The Nichi Bei Foundation will host the “2023 Wakamatsu Pilgrimage” “to the site of the first large settlement of Japanese in America, which was established 154 years ago.” Learn about the “history of this colony led by John Schnell and former samurai from Aizu-Wakamatsu, present-day Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Participants can trace their own roots through family history consultations with volunteers from the California Genealogical Society.” Event highlights: Talk by Professor John E. Van Sant, author of “Pacific Pioneers: Japanese Journeys to America and Hawaii, 1850-80,” bus and bento packages from San Jose, San Francisco, East Bay and Sacramento, Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony tours and exhibits, including the Okei gravesite and Graner House Museum, recognition of descendants of Wakamatsu colonist Kuninosuke Masumizu, recently-installed monuments, Bon Odori, taiko by Koyasan Kongo Gumi and UC Davis Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan. Must be ambulatory, walking involved. Info on the various bus packages, which depart from SF’s Japantown, J-Sei in Emeryville, Calif., San Jose’s Japantown ($65 Nichi Bei Foundation members $75, general) or the Tenrikyo High Sacramento Church in Sacramento, Calif. ($40 Nichi Bei Foundation members; $50 general); https://www.nichibei.org/wakamatsu-pilgrimage/. Info: email@example.com. SF bus departs at 8:15 a.m., returns at 7:09 p.m.; the East Bay bus at 8:45 a.m., returns at 6:32 p.m.; the San Jose bus at 7:30 a.m., returns at 7:19 p.m.; and the Sacramento bus departs at 10 a.m., returns at 4:28 p.m.